2023 Education Preview

OGR is proud to offer numerous, flexible ways to learn, connect and grow in 2023. Plus many of our in-person events and webinars (both live and on-demand) will offer continuing education credits.

Webinar Educational Series

This WebEd Series goes beyond running a successful business. It includes sustainability, global foresight and swift adaptability, all while honoring the original values, traditions and history of the funeral profession. Available live and on-demand.

  • Jan. 24: Future Focus: Connecting and Cultivating the Next Generation
  • Feb. 28: Fabulous Food for Funerals: Catering the Funeral Experience
  • March 28: Responding to a Major Disaster
  • April 18: The Transformative Power of Hospitality
  • Sept 26: Strategic Planning
  • Nov. 14: The Most Important Part of Marketing – the Message
  • Dec. 12: Future Forecast 2024 - What to Keep, Toss and/or Watch

OGR Study Groups

Study groups meet in-person to explore ways to fulfill increasingly diverse requests for services, achieve profit goals, and attract new customers. You will exchange information and learn successful strategies from colleagues that can help advance your funeral home to the next level. Study Groups will be held at various locations across the country throughout the year.

Invitation to Innovation Workshop

Kansas City, Missouri - March 2

What would change if you could see the cremation process through your customer’s eyes, if you had an unlimited budget and plenty of staff? What would your cremation offerings look like if you had no limits to what you could do? Find out by attending this facilitated problem-solving event based on the IDEO Human Centered Design Thinking approach.

For more information and links to register visit OGR.org/2023-schedule or scan below.

Annual Conference

Indianapolis, IN - May 2-4

OGR’s Conference is an investment in your company’s future gaining you access to thought leaders, allowing you to collaborate on best practices, energize, and develop leadership innovations. Conference will feature a full schedule of professional speakers who will address common issues and challenges facing today’s funeral professional. Plus celebrate this year’s successes at the Golden Circle Celebration Dinner.

Veterans Funeral Care Think Tank

Clearwater, FL - June 24-25

The Veterans Funeral Care Think Tank is an annual gathering for members of the Veterans Funeral Care Providers Network. Contact Nancy Weil at [email protected] for information on how to join the network .Open only to Licensed VFC Provider Network members.

Virtual Roundtables

June 28 & August 9

These member-led discussions generally start with a brief 5-10 minute presentation by the host, then spend the rest of the hour as an open forum for members to discuss their experiences, ask questions and get suggestions on significant issues currently affecting the funeral service profession. Free to attend.

Pheasant Hunt

Gregory, SD - November 2-4

Members are invited to attend this time-honored tradition organized by Kevin Opsahl, Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home Enjoy premium hunting by day and relaxing camaraderie with your fellow OGR members in the evenings.

OGR Podcast Series


Podcasts are more popular than ever because they offer the ability to learn and be entertained on-demand. Our guest speakers will discuss current news and trends, as well as the future of the funeral service profession.

Learning Library

We know your time is valuable and you can’t always participate live for educational programs. The Learning Library allows you to access top-rated content from the Annual Conference and past webinars.

NEW for 2023: CE credits for APFSP and select states will be available for both live AND on-demand courses. This allows you to obtain CEs even if you can’t attend a live webinar.

Continuing education credits, including APFSP, are available on select webinars. Visit OGR.org/CEs.

This article was originally published in the Winter 2023 issue of The Independent® magazine. Click here to read the entire issue.

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